It’s National Breakfast Month! Today on CBS Las Vegas NOW, I shares tips on how to make your breakfast more nutritious and delicious with sweet and savory options.
Tip 1: Use spices to flavor your meals
My first healthy breakfast tip is to utilize spices to flavor your meals instead of salt. My customizable egg cups are perfect for busy weekday mornings. Simply add eggs, veggies, cheese, milk & spices to a large mixing bowl. I used the salt-free spice blends by Spiceology which come in 13 innovative varieties including Everything Bagel and Chile Margarita which add flavor and deliciousness without the sodium. Transfer to muffin cups and bake for about 18 minutes at 375 F. Reducing your sodium intake can support healthy blood pressure, heart health and reduce your risk of kidney disease.
Tip 2: Use low calorie flavor agents
Salsa also adds a lot of flavor for not a lot of calories and great for savory breakfasts like egg dishes and breakfast burritos. My egg and salsa breakfast sandwiches can be made in one skillet and come together in minutes. Add two beaten eggs to a small skillet over medium heat. Dip both sides of your bread slices into the eggs, cook until the eggs are set and flip, then add your cheese, spinach and salsa. I am using the Thick and Chunky Salsa by La Victoria who makes delicious flavorful jarred salsa, taco and enchilada sauces you can find it in most major grocers including Vons, Smart & Final and MegaMexGrocer.com. It adds robust flavor and just the right heat. Fold your bread slice over and you have your one pan 2-minute breakfast sandwich.
Tip 3: Boost your breakfast with beans.
My next tip is to add a boost of nutrition to your breakfast and beans are a nutritious & affordable addition. While we typically think of them in savory dishes like breakfast burritos, I love using them in sweet recipes as well! Add a half-cup of mild-tasting chickpeas to smoothies for a boost of satisfying plant protein and filling fiber that even your kids won’t be able to taste. Beans are a nutrition powerhouse supplying several vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium, magnesium and iron. They are also low in fat and provide high quality slow digesting carbohydrates that will provide steady energy until lunchtime. Another fun way to use beans at breakfast is in pancakes. My white bean protein pancakes are made with only 4 ingredients –pancake mix, eggs, banana and 1 can of S&W White beans. Blend until smooth, cook into pancakes and serve with your fruit of choice.
Tip 4: Go plant-based
Finally I shared a plant-based breakfast options for busy mornings when you need something quick and easy. Veestro makes fully prepared, 100% plant-based meals delivered to your door anywhere in the US with contactless delivery. No chopping, cooking or cleaning required. Just Heat and EAT. My favorite is the oatmeal breakfast pie made with apples, sweet potato and cinnamon. You can order them at Veestro.com.